Germs are everywhere. Unfortunately we cannot see them and may not even think that they are hiding where they are. A study done by NSF International (public health and safety company) conducted in 20 kitchens shows the nine places where germs are most likely to hide out. They looked for salmonella, E.Coli, mold and listeria. They were shocked to find that 25% of the swab samples they had taken were positive for salmonella and E. Coli, and every swab had mold and yeast.
Here are the nine places in your kitchen that are the worst for germs and bacteria:
1. Food storage containers – Put in the dishwasher if you have one, if not, make sure to pay special attention to the grooves where the lid and the bowl meet. Wash with hot water and soap.
2. Knife block – Take the knives out and tip upside down to get loose crumbs out. Wash in hot soapy water, using a small brush to clean in the slots. Soak in a mixture of 1 gallon hot water and 1 tbsp of 5.25% bleach. Do this once a month.
3. Refrigerator ice dispenser – Turn the ice maker off, take out the bin and clean with hot soapy water. Do this once a month.
4. Refrigerator water dispenser – Check your manual for cleaning instructions as every dispenser is different.
5. Rubber spatula – Separate the spatula head from the handle and wash thoroughly in the space where they meet.
6. Can opener – Wash with hot and soapy water.
7. Blender gasket – Wash with hot and soapy water.
8. Refrigerator meat compartment – Clean with a mild detergent and warm water. Rinse with a mixture of water and baking soda.
9. Refrigerator vegetable compartment – Clean with a mild detergent and warm water. Rinse with a mixture of water and baking soda.